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Finland and Sweden on the verge of Nato membership - another Putin own goal

The current war in Ukraine has pushed both Finland and Sweden towards full Nato membership. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine ostensibly to prevent the country from joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), the US-led military alliance in Europe.

He failed to subdue Ukraine, and before the end of this week, Mr Putin may discover that Nato is about to enlarge anyway. Finland, which shares a border with Russia, seems set to apply to join the alliance.

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